Amit Phansalkar has been hired as chief data officer by mobile app intelligence provider Apptopia. Phansalkar will be responsible for leading the vision and strategy for the company’s data and drive innovation in its products with data science. His primary focus will be on adding layers of machine learning to the company’s framework, making their predictive analytics and data driven insights more reliable. He has more than 15 years of experience building products and systems using large quantities of data, previously serving as the global director of data sciences and advanced analytics at Millward Brown Digital.

Carl Livadas has been named vice president of data science at Sojern, a provider of a data-driven traveler information that utilizes machine learning technology. Livadas will be responsible for helping the company expedite the automation of its optimization methods, which has been refined over years of managing direct demand campaigns for thousands of clients worldwide. Prior to joining Sojern, Livadas was the leader of the real-time machine learning and bid evaluation team at Nanigans and held data science and engineering leadership roles at Kayak.

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